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Story last updated at 2:09 PM on Wednesday, June 20, 2012

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Bonnie Nelson, Master Chief Petty Officer Cory Nelson and Jim Nelson

U.S. Navy submariner Cory Nelson was promoted to master chief petty officer in a pinning ceremony June 5 at Naval Base Kitsap in Bremerton, Wash. Master Chief Petty Officer Nelsons wife, Jennifer, and his parents, Bonnie and Jim Nelson of Homer, participated in the ceremony, with Jennifer Nelson and Jim Nelson each pinning new insignia on his collars and his mother placing on his head a hat with new insignia. Master chief petty officer is the highest rank that can be achieved by enlisted men and women. The Nelsons had been unable to make earlier promotion ceremonies, but said they wouldnt have missed their sons latest promotion for anything.

Master CPO Nelson followed in his fathers footsteps by joining the U.S. Navy after graduating in 1989 from Lincoln Northeast High School, Lincoln, Neb. Jim Nelson served in the navy on a river patrol boat during the Vietnam War, later transferring to the U.S. Army where he served 10 years as a medevac helicopter crew member.

Master CPO Nelson has served 22.5 years in the navy, including service on submarines. At his promotion, his commanders commended him for his integrity and leadership skills, Bonnie Nelson said. Cory Nelson is the brother of Pepper Nelson Martushev of Nikolaevsk and the grandson of Charlie and Bonnie B.J. Michon of Homer. He is assigned with the job title of CNO Special Projects Detailer to Naval Base Kitsap, which provides support services for surface and submarine vessels in Bremerton and at Naval Submarine Base Bangor, Maine.